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1.   TENNIS SHOES, AQUA-SHOES, RIVER SANDALS with Straps or other secure footwear are needed to protect your feet against sharp objects, cuts, scrapes, bruises and the rocky and often slippery river bottom while walking to and from the entry/exit points for River Tubing and other points along the way. If you forget your river shoes, most Outfitters sell them, as well as Wal-Mart and most Sporting Good Stores. NOTE: Flip Flops are not recommended for River Tubing as they slip and slide easily when wet or muddy and offer very little protection for your feet... they also slip off your feet easily and float away before you can retrieve them... leaving you with bare and unprotected feet... secure footwear is best.
2.   SUN BLOCK LOTION or SUN SCREEN should be applied both BEFORE and DURING each float trip or any time you are in the sun for extended periods. It's a good idea to bring a large white T-shirt and put it on if you begin to sunburn.
3.   A CAP, HAT or VISOR and SUNGLASSES will help shield your face, eyes and head from the rays of the hot scorching sun.
4.   Most Outfitters have "Age Restrictions" for Kids and most Outfitters require Kids to be accompanied by an adult for tubing on the river. River Levels and Safety change quite often and so do Restrictions... check with your Outfitter for current Restrictions. Life jackets / vests  are recommended for all children and all non swimmers. Most Rivers have NO LIFE GUARDS ON DUTY, you will be on your own, use caution, think safety first! Parents & Guardians - you are responsible for your children.

IMPORTANT... River Tubing, swimming and river activities have both inherent and unknown risks and dangers. These include but are not limited to injury or loss of life. Most Rivers have no life guards and you will be on your own, use caution, think safety first! Many Outfitters will require you to sign a Waiver and/or a Release of Liability for yourself and anyone else in your group before going tubing.

5.    DRINK PLENTY OF WATER while tubing on the River to help prevent dehydration.
6.   Check with your Outfitter to see if ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE OK and Legal. You must be of legal drinking age and you should PLAY IT SAFE and use your good judgment. Keep it SAFE and FUN for everyone! If you get too drunk and out of control, you stand a good chance of getting arrested... again, use your good judgment, have a good time and keep it safe for everyone! Keep it safe for everyone by having a designated sober driver.
7.   GLASS CONTAINERS are NOT ALLOWED on most Rivers in the United States. Some States have banned "Styrofoam Items" on their Rivers, ask your Outfitter about local River Rules and Regulations.
8.   PARK ONLY in designated areas, cars in undesignated areas may be towed at the owners expense. Check with your Outfitter for designated parking areas.
9.  DO NOT TAKE YOUR CAR KEYS, house keys, or any other keys on the River… keys don't float... Locksmiths are expensive! Ask your Outfitter if they have a "safe keep area" for your keys.
10. DO NOT TAKE ANY VALUABLES ON THE RIVER as most items sink and are never found! Again, always leave your keys with your Outfitter and place your cell phones, jewelry and other valuables in a safe place! Phones don't float and do not work very well, if at all, after they have been submerged under water. Many people have lost Wedding rings and other types of rings because fingers tend to shrink after being in the water for awhile, allowing ring(s) to slip off fingers into the river, never to be found again. We urge you to side with caution and do not wear any jewelry while tubing!
11. ATTACH & SECURE PRESCRIPTION EYE GLASSES, EYEWEAR and SUNGLASSES to your face, head or body while tubing. Anyone wearing glasses should have a headband,  neckband or float bobber of some sort, preferably the floating type that attaches to each arm or stem of your glasses to prevent your eyeglasses from falling off your face and sinking into the river should you flip your tube over.
12. People with Medical Conditions should consult their Doctor before going tubing and subjecting themselves to lengthy exposures in the hot Sun. River Tubing is an Outdoor Activity that can be taxing on certain individuals with Medical Conditions. Stay hydrated - drink plenty of water and follow your Doctor's orders! If you need to take your medications with you, be sure and pack them in a water proof or water tight container or a zip lock bag and then secure them in a safe place so you can take them at the proper intervals as prescribed by your Doctor. Please inform your Outfitter, your family members and/or friends that are with you, of your condition so if something should happen to you, they will be on top of things incase of an emergency! Be sure to let friends and family know that you went River Tubing in case of an emergency.
13. Rope Swings, Bridges, Trees and Cliffs line the banks of many Rivers at various points. Many people see these interesting points and immediately want to dive, jump or swing into the River... and in their excitement, fail to check below for shallow water, large underlying rocks or other hazards. Serious injuries and death have occurred because these individuals failed to exercise caution and check things out first. Please check out all areas BELOW before diving or jumping into unfamiliar waters. Even after checking below, it is very difficult for the average individual to determine "for certain", that the water below is deep enough to safely dive or jump into, or that objects are far enough away from the point of impact to clear them safely.... and it is nearly impossible for anyone who has been drinking alcohol to judge things in this situation. We recommend that everyone bypass or avoid any of these high risk ventures for their own safety. We urge everyone to use their common sense in this matter!
14. DO NOT LITTER! Dispose of all trash in litterbags. Dump all trash in designated receptacles. Help keep our rivers, parks and the U.S.A. beautiful. Many Outfitters provide free mesh trash bags for your empty cans and trash with each tube rental or upon request, ask your Outfitter about proper trash management and disposal while tubing..

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